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get the short end

To be slighted in some way. You have to stay calm during business negotiations or else you may end up getting the short end of the stick.
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However, the Philippines seems to be getting the short end of the investment stick.
Armed with a 29-0 card with 22 KOs, Thurman doesn't see himself getting the short end of the stick.
Nobody wants to feel like they are making the Boss money and getting the short end of the stick.
However, Lee insists the 24-year-old is the one who has been getting the short end of the stick.
The citizenry are always getting the short end of the stick in all transactions between them and their governments.
With a ministry handling a portfolio as diverse as women's issues, family, and community development, deputy minister Hannah Yeoh feels that children are getting the short end of the stick.
Due to the legal nature of licensing agreements, this transparency is of utmost importance to make sure no party is getting the short end of the stick.
But the Toon aren't alone in getting the short end of the stick when it comes to the schedule.
The large figure was also mostly thanks to the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge, so clearly Huawei is getting the short end of the stick. 
Small fishers had long been getting the short end of the stick in the lake-no match for the big fish, so to speak, in the form of commercial operators of fish pens and cages.
Too often we extend our reach so far " to so many people " that, in the end, everyone is getting the short end of the stick.
Still, the battle rages on, and in a manner that CFA Institute Managing Director Kurt Schacht just described as "a national disgrace with investors getting the short end of the stick." These are tough words that are on point considering the magnitude of the cynicism at play.
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